Oman - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Oman was 77.12 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 77.12 in 2015 and a minimum value of 42.67 in 1960.

Definition: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.

Source: Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demograp

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Year Value
1960 42.67
1961 43.49
1962 44.30
1963 45.10
1964 45.88
1965 46.64
1966 47.38
1967 48.11
1968 48.82
1969 49.53
1970 50.26
1971 51.03
1972 51.86
1973 52.75
1974 53.69
1975 54.69
1976 55.72
1977 56.76
1978 57.78
1979 58.77
1980 59.73
1981 60.64
1982 61.52
1983 62.36
1984 63.17
1985 63.94
1986 64.67
1987 65.37
1988 66.03
1989 66.66
1990 67.27
1991 67.85
1992 68.40
1993 68.95
1994 69.47
1995 69.99
1996 70.49
1997 70.98
1998 71.45
1999 71.91
2000 72.36
2001 72.80
2002 73.22
2003 73.64
2004 74.04
2005 74.43
2006 74.79
2007 75.12
2008 75.43
2009 75.71
2010 75.97
2011 76.21
2012 76.44
2013 76.67
2014 76.89
2015 77.12

Development Relevance: Mortality rates for different age groups (infants, children, and adults) and overall mortality indicators (life expectancy at birth or survival to a given age) are important indicators of health status in a country. Because data on the incidence and prevalence of diseases are frequently unavailable, mortality rates are often used to identify vulnerable populations. And they are among the indicators most frequently used to compare socioeconomic development across countries.

Limitations and Exceptions: Annual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Life expectancy at birth used here is the average number of years a newborn is expected to live if mortality patterns at the time of its birth remain constant in the future. It reflects the overall mortality level of a population, and summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year. It is calculated in a period life table which provides a snapshot of a population's mortality pattern at a given time. It therefore does not reflect the mortality pattern that a person actually experiences during his/her life, which can be calculated in a cohort life table. High mortality in young age groups significantly lowers the life expectancy at birth. But if a person survives his/her childhood of high mortality, he/she may live much longer. For example, in a population with a life expectancy at birth of 50, there may be few people dying at age 50. The life expectancy at birth may be low due to the high childhood mortality so that once a person survives his/her childhood, he/she may live much longer than 50 years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Mortality